Administrative Setup of Kalanjara* Fort : B.N. Roy
Administrative Set-Up of Kalanjara* Fort
Ex. Head, Deptt. Of History, Pt. J.N. College, Banda
celebrated hill for of Kalanjara is situated in Naraini tahsil of Banda
district of Uttar Pradesh at a distance of 56 Km. From Banda. It has a
long antiquity and from the very ancient times the hill had been a favourite
resort of Saiva ascetics. Kalanjara was included in the list holy places
of north India given in the Mahabharata and Puranas
. It was the Chandellas who endowed it with a
high political status and gave a distinctive position to the ancient fort. The Chandellas
came to occupy it under Yasovarman ( Circa 930-950 A.D.) early in the
tenth century. The occupation of Kalanjara hill (Kalanjaradri) was a
significant achievement of Yasovarman which enhanced the prestige of the
family and the Chandellas came to recognized as a political power. The
Chandella rulers from the time of Yasovarman until the time of Hammiravarman
(1289/90-1308 A.D.), the last known ruler of the dynasty came to be styled as Kalanjaradhipati.
The administrative efficiency of the Chandellas must have been very high
to be still regarded as a model of good government in Bundelkhand.
The fort of Kalanjara was administered by a group of officials under the over
all supervision of the king. Most of the officials were usually well trained in
the sciences of polity and warfare. There is evidence of strong civil and
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